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Your guide to choosing a perfect raincoat.
Living in Britain means living with a lot of wet weather, so finding the right coat or jacket to keep you protected from the rain can take a lot of hard work. Here at Joules, we can help you stay prepared with our collection of waterproof raincoats and jackets. With a variety of options, there’s something for everyone and every outdoor activity. Simply use this handy guide to help choose the perfect style for you.
*All MEASUREMENTS are based on a UK size 12.
Our Coast raincoat is one of those styles that once it's part of your wardrobe you wonder how you went walking without it before. Its fully waterproof with taped seams, has a detachable hood and is one of our best-loved styles for keeping outdoor lovers everywhere dry in a downpour. First and foremost a coastal-inspired style, it's got detailing such as cord toggles, popper fastenings, a rubber Joules tab to the sleeve and a full striped cotton lining. It's a style so loveable you'll be wishing for some rain!Shop The Coast>
You'll be singing in the rain with this pretty and practical raincoat, complete with deep front pockets, a storm peak hood and longline style that's designed to protect you from the elements. We've even added a touch of Joules charm with a classic print to the hood.Shop the loxley >
Perfect for when the chill picks up, this water-resistant puffer jacket packs away into its own pocket to make sure you're always prepared, with a hood and two handy side-entry pockets. Don't worry about compromising on style either - it has flattering side seam details and a signature Joules printed lining.Shop The snug >
What will be your favorite part of the Shoreside coat? The fact you can get caught in the rain without a worry, its seaside-inspired detailing or perhaps the flattering a-line shape? Whatever your reasons are for loving it, we don’t blame you! It’s 100% waterproof with a storm-peak hood, has an adjustable drawcord waist and is complete with cord toggles for a nautical touch.Shop the Shoreside Coat >
With this waterproof wonder stashed away in its own bag, you can always be prepared for the rain and look good while doing it. The part we think you’ll love most is that the outer fabric and lining is 100% recycled polyester and has been made using recycled plastic bottles. The relaxed, longline coat is perfect for layering, and comes packed with lots of stylish features such as an adjustable hood with a storm peak to keep the wind and rain at bay, elasticated cuffs and luxury trims. Plus, in these eye-catching prints, you’re sure to stand out in any storm.Shop The waybride >
Rain, rain, don't go away (because we want to wear this jacket for a little while longer!) Our Golightly is fully waterproof, packs away into its own pocket and has an outer fabric that's 100% recycled polyester and has been made using recycled plastic bottles. The much-loved style is back with an all-new print to brighten up even the greyest of days, a hood and fully taped seams to stop the rain from soaking through. As much of a stylish choice as it is a practical one, it cinches in at the waist via the internal toggles and is finished with a flattering curved hem. Part of our Mini Me collection, this style is available for little ones too.Shop the golightly>
This waterproof and breathable coat comes with its own little bag so it can be stashed away quickly, easily and in style. But that’s not the only thing it comes with. This new relaxed fit raincoat is packed full of stylish and practical features such as an adjustable hood with a storm peak to keep out driving wind and rain, elasticated cuffs, luxury trims and a mesh lining. The slightly relaxed fit means it’s perfect for accommodating extra layers on those cooler days.Shop The helmsley >
Yes! A raincoat is the ideal piece of clothing to keep you, (well your upper half at least), nice and dry when that unpredictable British weather strikes. And because that unpredictability is an all year-round thing, at Joules, our raincoats are lightweight, so you can always out-wit the weather, whatever the season.
Raincoats are there primarily to keep you dry, but they often have added features such as a cotton lining in the hood and body. At Joules, we want to keep you warm when the weather takes a turn for the worse, which is why our Coast Mid Waterproof Coat is not only 100% waterproof, it’s lightweight and cosy too.
Rain and wind are a combination that could wreak havoc on your day, so you need a good raincoat that will protect you from both. With lined hoods and bodies, our Right as Rain collection here at Joules is great for keeping the wind away, so you can go about your day, whatever the weather forecast.
Many raincoats use a durable mix of cotton and polyester to ensure they always do their job at keeping you dry. Here at Joules, we use a similar blend for our raincoats as polyester is a very strong material that is resistant to shrinking while still maintaining that much-needed flexibility.
Before putting your coat into the washing machine, you should always read the care label. As a general rule for washing a raincoat, (if you don’t want to put it in the washing machine), wiping it down with a damp cloth will help remove any post-stroll dirt. Always make sure the coat is fully dry before putting it back in your cloakroom.
Always check the care label on your raincoat before putting it in the washing machine. If you want to know this before buying your coat, you’ll be happy to hear that at Joules, our website lists care instructions for each of our products. As a general though, our waterproof coats are machine washable and should then be reshaped whilst damp, so they don’t lose that perfect fit.
We understand that finding somewhere to store your raincoat around the house while it’s drying can be impractical, however we do advise against tumble-drying our raincoats. Instead, try wiping them down with a dry cloth to remove excess moisture and leave them somewhere to air dry before hanging them up for your next countryside stroll.
There is not one answer here – everyone is different and want different things from their raincoat, so they should fit how you want them to. Ours are designed to fit nicely over layers, without adding bulk, but always retain that element of style that you would want in a coat.
Ideally, raincoats should be stored upright on a hook or hanger. If you get caught in a downpour, when you get back to the comfort of your home, make sure you wipe off any excess moisture with a soft cloth and hang it up to dry as soon as you can. It will dry relatively quickly on its own, but before putting it back in your wardrobe or cloakroom, make sure it’s completely dry to the touch.
Waterproof and breathable fabrics consist of an outer layer called the ‘face fabric’. This is usually made of nylon or polyester, and has a laminated membrane, or coating, on the back of the fabric to repel water. For a garment to be waterproof, the holes from the stitching need to be covered so no water can seep through the seams. These are known as sealed or taped seams, which all of our waterproof rain coats have.